Founded in 1699, Sidcot is a thriving co-educational boarding and day school situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Somerset, close to Bristol and Bath and only a two hour train ride from London. Sidcot uses a progressive approach to spark children’s imaginations, building the skills they will require to get the most out of their education. Sidcot is, above all, a happy school community where students live and learn together.


Sidcot’s teaching methods are designed to harness children’s natural intellectual curiosity and encourage independent thinking and creativity, rather than just train them to pass tests. The School offers A-levels, the IB Diploma, a 2 year GCSE programme and the Year 11 Pathway one year GCSE course. Results for all programmes consistently outstrip national and world averages. The school has an enviable reputation in creative arts, sciences and maths, and typically more than half of students go to Russell Group Universities.


Sidcot’s friendly, family community provides a truly British boarding school experience. There are five boarding houses, each of which has full Wi-Fi access, a comfortable common room and a students’ kitchen. The boarding staff are experts in helping international students adjust to life in a British boarding school and do everything they can to help students to settle in quickly. Food is a focus at Sidcot with a high quality diet that is balanced, healthy and full of fresh local ingredients.


All pupils are encouraged to have a go at everything, and all get the chance to be part of a team. The range of sports available, both traditional and alternative, includes golf, fencing, dance, water polo, basketball, table tennis, dry slope skiing and even circus skills and Octopush (underwater hockey). There is a busy local competitive fixture list whilst elite students compete at county, national and international level in a range of disciplines.

Creative arts

The Arts centre is itself a work of art, beautifully designed and buzzing with creative energy and has been awarded Artsmark Gold in recognition of its beacon status. Arts are a very popular choice with students gaining impressive results, and there's plenty on offer outside the curriculum, including music lessons, bands, choirs, theatre and music productions. Sidcot has a traveling theatre company ‘Hurly Burly’ which wowed audiences and gained four star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Interesting facts

'PASS' (Programme of Activities for Sidcot School) is a range of exciting co-curricular activities that involves each year group every Wednesday afternoon throughout the year

Sidcot recently launched a Centre for Peace and Global Studies to open students’ eyes to the wider world and give them the conviction and courage to challenge the status quo.

Levels of English required

  • Year 7-8: minimum level A2
  • Year 12 A Level: minimum level B2
  • Year 9 – 10: minimum level B1
  • Year 12 IB: minimum level B2/C1
  • Year 11 Pathway (I year GCSE programme): minimum level B1/B2

Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset

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